Saturday, 19 November 2011

The Wonder of Puerto Princesa

A chain of mountain ranges and wide plains run through the middle of Puerto Princesa, dividing the east from the west.


On our Way to Underground River

Puerto Princesa is one of the largest cities in the Philippines based on land area which is 2,500 square kilometres. It lies at the mid-section of the long strip of the Palawan Island.  It is a little over an hour travel by plane from Manila.  My three short nights in this gorgeous city was like months due to the many activities I had which was unforgettable.  Transport facilities are very convenient to go around.  There are many local public jeepneys, but the most popular is what they call tricycle. Moreover, if you are touring for the first time and not familiar with the place, it would be a good idea to arrange for special transport, whether it be a jeepney or an air-conditioned van few weeks before your arrival.  In Puerto Princesa alone, you will find a couple of agencies that cater to package tours.  My trip was indeed very pleasant. It was due to the well-organized package that our tour guide Marlo and his team. 

 
Rock Mountain

Subterranean River National Park
It features a limestone mountain landscape with an 8.2 km navigable underground river.  A distinguishing  feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly to the South China Sea.  It is located about 50 kilometres north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa.  This park is also known as St. Paul's Subterranean River National Park, or St. Paul Underground River


Entrance to the Underground River
The Underground River in Puerto Princesa is a real wonder. I have seen this extraordinary beauty, and this is the reason it won a spot as one of the Seven Wonders of the World's provisional winners.  It is not final. Underground River got the sixth spot. The Swiss foundation will announce the 7 countries in 2012.  It's about time to blog about the Underground River. The government under Mayor Edward Hagedorn deserves a commendation for taking part in this very challenging competition. He has turned the city into a source of pride for Palawan.

The entrance to the river is a short hike from the town of Sabang.
We took a small motorized boat to get into the river. We were asked to wear a neon orange life vests before getting into the boat.  When everyone has been sitting comfortably, our boat guide asked to hold the lamp to direct the boat to the cave. It was so dark.  The lamp has illuminated a lot of bats flapping overhead.  Water was dripping down the sheer rock walls and off the ceilings into the river.  Our guide tells us where to point the lamp.  He knows exactly where to find the giant caverns and stalagmites, and the mushroom rock formation.  It took us an hour or so to finish the entire tour.  All went well and we emerged from the cave in disbelief.  It was an amazing trip to the Underground River.
Address: Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 


Underground River

Boats of Puerto Princesa
My trip to Puerto Princesa reveals the different boats I saw on my way to island hopping.  It is good to know that this city has a lot of different boats plying around that contributes to a progressive city.  


We do not see this sight everyday, so if you are into island hopping and have your camera ready to take a picture of all kinds of boats that come your way, then, come and join us.
Address: Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Direction: Puerto Bay to Honda Bay and Underground River

Honda Bay At Its Best
I had the chance to have the best adventure of island hopping in Honda Bay.  Consisting of several islets with white sand beaches and magnificent landscape.  Visitors will surely enjoy swimming, diving, snorkeling, and dolphin watching.  Seeing corals of different colours is breathtaking! I also had the chance to hop Pandan, Starfish, Lu-li, Senorita islands, and the popular Dos Palmas Beach Resort.

Honda Bay is the perfect experience and one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines and the best place around the city of Puerto Princesa.


A Pod of Dolphin
Dolphin Watching in Puerto Princesa
Another adventure aside from snorkeling is to search and wait for the dolphins come into view.  There is nothing as exciting as seeing the dolphins occasionally leap above the water surface and sometimes perform acrobatic figures.  I have seen and took photos of the long-snouted Spinner Dolphins leap and play at the waters of the island.  They swim in groups.  I cannot set my eyes on one particular dolphin because there's just so many to choose one.  They were so fast until one or two dolphins shoot up above the water and dives back again taking you by surprise.  The experience in seeing these creatures out in the wild open is definitely memorable and meaningful.

Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden Park
A garden filled with butterflies of various colours. It's interesting to see a haven of different butterfly species in their natural habitat where plants and flowers all around the garden. There you will have to walk a few small pebbled trails while chasing them.  

Some people who visits Palawan miss seeing the garden maybe because of its size, but small as it is, it could be a nice way to spend a sunny day with butterflies dancing above your head. I decided to visit the garden as this is only around 20 minutes drive from the city of Puerto Princesa

Crocodile Farm
Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Centre
You will find the Palawan wildlife around 35 minutes from the city centre.  Formerly called the Crocodile Farming Institute and still referred to as the Crocodile Farm.  You will have a chance to join a guided tour of the crocodiles of different sizes.  In this conservation centre, you will also find Palawan's endemic species of wildlife .  I am not into wild animals but it is worth seeing and deserve my support.



Church in Puerto Princesa
This is the cathedral of the Immaculate Concepcion, the patroness of Puerto Princesa, one of the tourist spots in the city.  You can find easily the blue & white angular structure across the Plaza Cuartel.  Most of the time these two places are part of the city tours.  I have visited the church a couple of times as it is very close to the pension house I stayed.
Address: Rizal Avenue, Barangay Liwanag, Puerto Princesa, Palawan


Iwahig Penal Colony Post Exchange
Iwahig Penal Colony
Thirty minutes drive from the city centre is this good example of a true correctional institute.  It is different from all other prison in the world.  You will treat the people not as inmates as they are living normal lives with their families.  Most of them are allowed to toil their farms or make mahogany handcarving and other handicraft which is a good buy for the tourists. It becomes the prisoner's  source of income and one way to earn a living


Room in Puerto Pension
Puerto Pension: "Best & Homey in Puerto Princesa"
I like the atmosphere in this pension house, as it has a homey ambiance.  Only ten minutes drive to and from the airport and very accessible as it is situated between the pier and the main bus and jeepney terminals. It is convenient to stay here being near the city centre.

Rooms at the Puerto Pension are air-conditioned which is comfortable.  Enjoy the hot and cold shower, cable coloured television and mini bar amenities. You can go out of your room, into the balconies just outside your door; sit and eat on the wooden tables and chairs provided outside each unit.   

You will be surprised with the pension's reasonable room rates that includes breakfast.   There are lot more information about Puerto Pension, but if you want to stay outside the city, there is a bunch of other beautiful pension houses and hotels few kilometres away.

Puerto Bay - Puerto Princesa
A View of Puerto Bay 
A panoramic scene of the bay at night and during the day was very pleasant. These are visible from the roof deck bar and cafe of Puerto Pension. Puerto Bay is a good place to relax and stroll along the boardwalk especially at night to watch the spectacular view of the stars. Enjoy Puerto Bay and find reasons of coming back.
  

Ka Lui Restaurant
It is one of the best restaurants in the city of Puerto Princesa. Your tour is not complete if you haven't visit this place.  The place is made of wood and bamboo and has cozy ambiance. It is well-kept and you would not mind to walk barefoot . The staff are friendly and accommodating. This is a popular restaurant serving variety of menu especially in Filipino dishes.  You can reach the restaurant by tricycle.




Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Michael W. of NY, USA


4. Featured Traveller 
(United States of America)

MichaelW Travels
Special Educator
Brooklyn, New York, USA


"Never stop Exploring"

Michael is a travel addict who loves exploring the world and finding great deals to get him to the places he visits.  He loves learning about foreign cultures, interacting with locals, checking out architecture, seeing animals in their natural habitat, trying local foods and taking photos along the way!

He is an active person, always on the move. I am not surprised  as he does like to run, workout, bike ride, watch baseball games....and travel 
Ayuthaya THAILAND
He has travelled to at least 49 countries and still has India, mainland China, Sri Lanka, Laos, Burma, Argentina, Ecuador, Mauritius, Balkan countries, and more of Africa on his list of future travels.  He tends to love all the places that he has visited for different reasons, but does not intend to go back to these countries as he believes there are too many other places in the world to see.  

To have a place to post his photos, talk about travel & travel deals, he created the blog MichaelWTravels http://michaelwtravels.blogspot.com/ to highlight the details of his journeys. To our fellow travellers, I have the pleasure of introducing a friend from Brooklyn, New York, Michael W.  

And this is Michael's travel story.....

Budapest HUNGARY
I used to say that I would love to visit every country in the world, but that's not a realistic goal.  My goal for now is to visit at least 100 countries!  When I am on a journey, I prefer to get around by walking and using public transportation. I like taking public buses and trains with the locals. Taxis can be very expensive and not much quicker than public transportation.  I really love Tuk-Tuks,  a small passenger vehicle that resembles a three-wheeled motorcycle with a metal or canvas frame used in many countries around the world. I even paid to get to drive one around a town on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala with my wife and the driver in the backseat.  

A little adventure is always fun when visiting new places.  Things that I have done in some countries that I find exciting are....
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Canopy tour in the Tijuaca Forest
  • Auckland, New Zealand ~ Harbour Bridge Climb
  • Waitomo, New Zealand ~ Caving trip to Tumu Tumu Toobing
  • Auckland, New Zealand ~ Canyoning and Abseiling in the Waitakere Ranges
  • El Valle de Anton, Panama ~ Canopy Adventure Zipline Tour
  • False Bay, South Africa ~ Great White Shark Cage Diving 
  • Amazon River, Colombia ~ Piranha Fishing
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P., Uganda ~ Gorilla Trekking
  • Jinja, Uganda ~ White Water Rafting on the White Nile
  • Torres Del Paine N.P., Chile ~ Hiking in Chilean Patagonia

Jumping in Petra JORDAN
Jumping in Pictures ~ It's a lot of fun to take and you definitely end up with some interesting shots.  I started jumping a few years back when asked if a picture I posted on Virtual Tourist could be used for a collection being made of jumping pics. My good friend Norman, who is now popularly known as 'JumpingNorman' has a massive collection of jumping pictures.  Some he takes but most are sent to him from travellers living all over the world. After checking out some of his pictures, I thought it would be fun to start jumping, mainly when travelling.  You may send your jumping pictures too and let's jump together with JumpingNorman right here! 

While away from home, it is nice to eat somewhere familiar.  McDonalds' menus in each country vary which is pretty interesting.  I was impressed with the Maori wood carving decoration in McDonalds-Rotorua, New Zealand.  

Traditional Hat in Vienna AUSTRIA
The souvenir that I always try to buy in every country is a shot glass.  I was surprised that I did not find this in Thailand as you can buy almost anything possible among the street vendors and shopping malls. I also collect hats from around the world.  While shopping for a hat in Vienna, I was interviewed by a reporter and then quoted and had my picture in the local newspaper.

When travelling, I always look for different experiences that I can have interacting with animals.  It can be as simple as visiting a zoo, feeding a stray dog or taking a picture with someone's pet.  There are a few things that really stand out....
  • Sydney, Australia ~ Featherdale Wildlife Park.  The highlight was getting to feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus
  • Chiang-Mai, Thailand ~ The Elephant Conservation Centre. There is nothing like feeding an elephant or bathing one in a river.  The money you spend here goes to a great cause - all of the elephants living here were rescued from various abusive conditions.  
  • Stellenbosch, South Africa ~ Cheetah Outreach - My wife and I got to interact with a king cheetah. What an amazing animal!
  • Crystal River, Florida ~ The only place in the world where it is legal to swim with manatees. This was a unique and unforgettable experience
  • African Safaris ~ Amazing experiences and wildlife spotting in Namibia, Kenya & Uganda
    Snorkeling with Manatees in Florida USA

When people tell me I am so lucky to travel so much, I tell them that they can do it too, and ask what is holding them back?  Here are a few tips that I would give to anyone interested in planning a trip....
  • Do your research ~ Don't buy a guidebook and assume you are prepared. Read travel tips online and post questions to travel forums
  • Invest in a compressible pillow ~ Sleep is essential when travelling and you don't want an uncomfortable pillow in a hotel that will keep you awake all night
  • Buy a couple of convertible, zip-off pants as it will save you room in your backpack and come handy for varying weather
  • Remember,  a trip is an investment in your time and money; have an idea of what you want to see and do to make your trip a success
 Some of the countries I have visited are......

Hungarian Folk Ensemble - Budapest HUNGARY
USA ~ Canada ~ Mexico ~ Guatemala ~ Honduras ~Panama ~Brazil ~Chile ~Colombia ~ Easter Island ~ Peru ~England ~ Scotland ~ Austria ~ Belgium ~ Czech Republic ~ Denmark ~ Estonia ~  Finland ~France ~ Germany ~ Hungary  ~ Italy ~ Latvia ~  Lithuania ~ Luxembourg ~ Netherlands ~ San Marino ~ Slovakia ~ Spain ~ Sweden ~ Turkey ~ Vatican City ~ Cambodia ~ Hong Kong ~ Macau ~ Thailand ~ Vietnam ~ Egypt ~ Kenya ~ Namibia ~ South Africa ~ Uganda ~ Israel ~ Jordan ~ United Arab Emirates ~ Australia ~ French Poynesia ~ New Zealand ~ Antigua & Barbuda ~ Bahamas ~ Netherlands ~ Antilles ~ Puerto Rico ~ Saint Maarten ~ Virgin Islands

 

There you go fellow travellers!  If you have not been to some countries mentioned above, visit MichaelW Travels. Make plans and get some tips, good deals, and interesting stories






Are you a traveller who would like to share your travel story with our blog and our readers?  Then, I'd love to hear from you!
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Sunday, 13 November 2011

Aida of Manila, PHILIPPINES


3. Featured Traveller 
(Philippines) 



Aida Gregorio
Project Manager - Event Management
Manila, Philippines


"Friendship is like Water: it seeks its own level" 

We are lucky to have Adelaida (popularly known as Aida) as part of our Featured Travellers.  A busy woman as she is but still find time for local and international travel.  She had been to Asian countries like Hongkong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, and Macau - and to European countries: Austria, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, and Vatican City.  As to her wishlist, she plans to visit Spain and Portugal in the near future.  Aida want to share some travel tips with our fellow travellers:  "Don't compare and don't convert.  Each place has its own character and I consider it disrespectful, particularly to its people, to compare one to another.  They can never be equal. One will stand out or one will fall short of the other.  Same is true for money matters.  The value of a currency varies from one country to another. Once you start converting a foreign price to your own home currency, either you'd end up buying a lot or none at all", she says.  Aida has some interesting information about her city, its culture and cuisine.  She wants to call
her story, "My Manila"
    
I was born and raised in a suburb of Manila which is home to the world famous (and feared) Balut.  My hometown, Pateros is a small municipality that was once a part of the province of Rizal.  Probably due to its geographical location, Pateros along with 13 other municipalities and 4 cities formed part of the greater Metro Manila in the mid 70's.  But while all the other municipalities have all been upgraded into cities, Pateros has remained (and I believe will forever remain) a municipality. Well, I am not complaining, after all, we get to enjoy "cityhood" benefits without having to pay exorbitant real property tax.
To the outside world, it seems that there are only 2 words that easily come to mind to describe Manila: sunset and traffic (and not necessarily in that order).  Yes, Manila has one of the world's horrendous traffic owing to the assortment of transport options --- from the horse-driven carriage called Kalesa, the manually pedalled pedicab, to the motorized tricycle and the iconic colourful jeepney.  Add them to the flying buses, cars, cabs, vans and the more than a million commuters, you will really find yourself in a parking lot in the middle of its 12-lane highway.
No wonder a lot of people look at Manila only as a transit point, which is really a pity as there's a lot more to Manila than this chaos. I always say that the City of Manila has 3 C's waiting to be discovered --- Culture, Cuisine, and Chaos.  Well,we're done with the latter, so let's start exploring the others.....on foot.


Binondo Manila
Binondo:
It's known as the "wholesale" capital with the presence of Divisoria, a big textile market where your haggling skills (coupled with charm and intimidation) will be put to the test.  A purchase is considered a success if you were able to get an item at half the published price.  Aside from textile, Divisoria is also the cheapest source of clothes, novelty items, foodstuff, snack items, and other knick-knacks.  Just a caution though, dress down and don't bring valuables when you decide to go shopping here.  And avoid it like a plague during Christmas season (read: November to December).  Otherwise, you'll literally be moved from your spot by the throng of people.

Also, within Binondo is Manila's chinatown which is a foodie's delight.  From baked goodies to street food to lauriat, you'll find them here.  In fact, one tour that is gaining popularity is a walking culinary tour of Chinatown.  But if you want to do it on your own, look for Eng Bee Tin.  It's a purple-themed Chinese bakery that sells hopia, tikoy, mooncake, among others.  And when I say purple-themed, it's because the entire store including shelves, chairs, tables, staff uniforms are colour purple. It even sells ube (purple yam) flavoured hopia.

Manila Cathedral - Intramuros, Manila
Intramuros:
It is Manila's version of Berlin Wall.  But unlike the latter, nobody dare remove Intramuros' walls.  Fact is, a commission was created to preserve and restore the walls including the buildings within the walls.  And when a local is asked for must see's in the city, Intramuros is the top-of-mind reply.
The walls is best seen on foot (though there are kalesa's for hire) in the afternoon.  Start at the Manila Cathedral, the country's seat of Catholic religion.  Then on to San Agustin Church and Father Blanco's Garden.  Across the cobblestone street is Casa Manila museum.  Down the road are old buildings that house government offices, universities and fine-dining restaurants. Don't be surprised too when you come face-to-face with life-size statues as you round a corner.  This is part of the plans to re-enact the walls' rich and tumultuous past. And as you round up your tour, crossover to Fort Santiago, once served as a prison of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.  Honestly, I have been to Intramuros several times, but have not totally explored it as a half day was not enough.
 
Rizal Park - Manila
Rizal Park:
Just outside Intramuros is an open park called Rizal Park, named after the national hero as this is where he was executed by firing squad.  A monument was erected in his honor and close to it is the "zero" kilometre marker where all distance measurements in the entire archipelago start.  At the west end of the park is the Quirino Grandstand where official parades were used to be held.

Manila Bay - Manila
Manila Bay Sunset: 
A trip to Manila will not be complete without seeing the famous Manila Bay sunset.  The reflection of the setting sun on the waters of Manila Bay is really soothing.  (Just ignore the smell of garbage and the nude kids swimming on the bay).

Manila is a melting pot, not only of people but, of food as well.  While Manila can’t lay claim to a specific dish, there’s a lot of must-eat food in the city which were mostly a “synergy” of Chinese, Spanish, and Malay cuisine.   But for this blog, I’ll name the ones that will challenge your palate and your “heart”.


Filipino Bread and Patries in Manila
Street Foods: 
Can you imagine yourself eating betamax, adidas, helmet, IUD?  How about those tongue-twisting Tokneneng and Kwek-kwek?  Well these “brand” names are products of Filipino ingenuity.  Betamax is grilled pig’s blood cut into small squares; Adidas is grilled chicken feet; Helmet is grilled chicken head; IUD is grilled chicken intestines; Tokneneng and Kwek-kwek are both breaded eggs, the difference lies on the size --- tokneneng is breaded quail egg while kwek-kwek is breaded chicken egg.  Of course, there are the more tamed ones like fishballs, squidballs, shark’s fin.  And don’t forget the formidable Balut – boiled duck’s embryo.  A trip to the Philippines won’t be complete without trying this delicacy.
 
Fruit Stalls in the Street of Manila
For more serious eating, there’s the famous adobo, dinuguan, kare-kare, lechon, bulalo, crispy pata, sisig and sinigang to name a few.  Adobo is pork/chicken stewed in vinegar;  Dinuguan is called chocolate soup (but that’s for sugar coating only, in reality, it’s pig’s intestines cooked in pig’s blood); Kare-kare is ox tail cooked in peanut sauce and best eaten with fish/shrimp paste as dip; Bulalo is beef bone marrow soup; Crispy pata is deep-fried knuckles; Sisig is sizzling chopped pig’s ears; and Sinigang is sour soup.

 
Halo-Halo
 Dessert:
As you may find out, Filipinos have a sweet tooth and a meal is not complete without a sweet dessert. There’s the dirty ice cream.  Not much difference from your regular ice cream except it is sold by a “sorbetero” (food loose ice cream vendor) pushing his cart.   It comes in various flavours and colours --- violet for ube, yellow for mango or cheese, green for avocado, brown for chocolate; name it, the sorbetero has it.  Other  popular desserts are Ube Halaya (purple yam) and Leche Flan (custard cake).  
 
Banana Cue
 Snacks:
And Filipinos love to eat, almost 5 times a day excluding midnight snack. The year-round popular “merienda” is Halo-Halo.  It is shaved ice with milk topped with various nuts, preserved fruits, halaya, leche flan and a scoop of ice cream.  Then there’s Banana Cue (fried banana), Camote Cue (fried sweet potato), Turon (fried banana wrapped in lumpia wrapper), Buchi (deep fried dough with mungbean filling).

The list can go on and on… you really have to come to Manila to experience this gastronomic treat!

Some Facts About Manila, the Philippines 
  • Manila:  Capital of the Philippines
  • Language: Tagalog
  • Season: Wet season (June to November ) & Dry season (late November to May
  • Population: As of Year 2007 (1,660,714)
  • Land Area: 38.55 square kilometres
  • Situated in: Located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east,Makati on the southeast, and Pasay City to the south
  • Recommended Manila Tourist Attractions:  San Agustin Church, University of Santo Tomas, National Museum of the Philippines, Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, Chinatown, Roxas Boulevard, Santo Domingo Church, Tagaytay, University of the Philippines, Quiapo Church, Rockwell Centre, Malate Church, Luneta Park, Manila Bay, Manila City Hall, Casa Manila Museum, Old Congress Building, Greenbelt Park, Intramuros, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Rizal Shrine
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They all have been travelling for many years and I can guarantee that all of them have travel tips that all of us can learn and benefit from.  I have to thank all other fellow travellers who have responded to my invite.  I will definitely publish your stories as soon as I have completed the details.